Louise Sadgrove's exhibition, A Matter of Time, was triggered by her intense study of the human experience of time and its manifestation in the arts. Her observations arose initially out of her pressing need to negotiate a workable timetable as a parent, businesswoman, artist and adult student. They then developed through her studies for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, culminating in her graduating exhibition in 2002.
Time, Sadgrove explains, is an abstract concept - a phenomenon that is nebulous, amorphous, ineffable. In our daily lives, we personally experience time in differing ways. In some circumstances, there is never enough time as it speeds by demanding we keep up. On other occasions, time passes at an agonising and slow pace, bearing down on us like an inescapable weight. Yet humanity, through established structures of measure and control, attempts to rule such a chaotic and indescribable world.
However, in this series of work, Sadgrove’s representation of time is strangely quiet - it is a gentle, flowing, poetic, musical, fluid state she has created which celebrates rather than fears the void, the gap, the pause. There is no scream of chaos, no dramatic collision, no sense of time lost or of potential nightmare.
→ Louise Sadgrove: A Matter of Time, 2003, publication